Helping Tourism work for Nepal – An update from Nepal

By Arjun Limbu – Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) Nepal

Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental organization listed on the Tourism Concern online Ethical Travel Guide. KEEP’s mission is to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal and its people, by maximising the benefits and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism. 

Tourism has always been vital to Nepal’s economic growth since the mid 1960’s.  People come from all over the world to enjoy this country’s diverse natural beauty, its World Heritage sites, and the exceptionally welcoming people.

Unfortunately, the country of Nepal is situated in a vulnerable area for earthquakes and two of those earthquakes have come very recently causing much devastation for the people of Nepal.

Despite the recent devastating Earthquakes in the country, the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal are open and safe. Nepal’s mountains, jungles, trails, and other aspects of this country’s rich natural beauty are still here for the world to see.

Things are also slowly beginning to go back to how they were before.  To view the situation here more positively, the Nepali people are more welcoming now to tourists than ever before, as Tourism can play a direct part in supporting the local people’s livelihood.

We hope that the recent natural disaster does not slow down tourism, as it is still safe to travel here.  Also, our country is especially welcoming of tourists now so that we can rebuild what has been destroyed and give aid to those in need.

All over the world, people want to help the situation here, and the most direct, sustainable way of doing so is by coming here, visiting our beautiful country and supporting our tourism industry.

So, KEEP would like to welcome to all again in Nepal and support the peoples who suffered from the Earthquake.

To learn more about KEEP go to – http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/keep/

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